Senior staff writer
Roncalli’s all-time leading girls basketball scorer Lindsey Corsaro met Ronald McDonald on Friday.
For Corsaro and the basketball program, the meeting was of great significance. McDonald’s representatives presented the 6-1 senior guard with her McDonald’s All-American jersey and plaque, the first such presentation for a Roncalli player.
Corsaro, who will play at the University of Kentucky in the fall, scored 1,904 career points for the Rebels, bolstered by 607 this season after missing three games due to a stressed ankle. She also scored 30 or more points in 14 games and had 48 double-doubles.
“This is an amazing feeling,” she said. “Watching great players play always was something I aspired to be. Seeing that dream come true is a reality that is absolutely amazing.”
Corsaro received her jersey and plaque the day before the state finals. The Rebels fell one game short of reaching the 4A title game after losing to Columbus North 55-48 Feb. 20 at the Richmond Semistate.
“It stinks,” she said of not reaching the state championship game. “I wish we were there, but we had a good run. We overcame a lot as a team, and we really came together as a team. We lost to a really good team.”
In front of the Roncalli student body, Corsaro acknowledged her family, coaches and trainers for guiding her through her high school career as a student-athlete. She overcame a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee to play her senior year.
Her parents, Greg and Susie Corsaro, McDonald’s local owner-operator Jim Cox, assistant athletic director Dave Lauck and coach Stan Benge were on hand for the brief but important ceremony.
Corsaro is the sister of older siblings Casey and Paul Corsaro, who holds the career boys basketball scoring record for the Rebels. He is an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Indianapolis.
When Lindsey was in grade school she would accompany her parents and family to summer basketball games. She also plays softball, volleyball, kickball, basketball and ran track as a youngster.
“I was always the kid shooting on the court during halftime or between games,” she said. “I played other sports, but it seems like basketball is all I’ve done. When it came to going to high school, I picked the one sport I was best at. I put all my focus toward basketball.”
The 39th McDonald’s All-American games are March 30 in Chicago. The girls game is at 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU) and the boys game at 9 p.m. (ESPN) at the United Center. Corsaro will play for the East team.
Corsaro is the third All-American to be coached by Benge. She was on the national stage last summer with the Indy Gym Rats, who were runner-up in the Nike Nationals and third three years ago.
The Rebels were 85-21 during her career. Corsaro was one of five seniors, including Rachel Titzer, Kristen Reece, Gwen Woehler and Daesjah Ely.